Friday, May 16, 2008

Polygamy With A Tartlet

Well, I think I'm going to commit adultery. Worse yet, I think I'm going to commit polygamy. By the way, is committing to polygamy an oxymoron of sorts? Doesn't one dabble in polygamy to avoid commitment, per se? Just asking. I don't like to split hairs or anything [denial].

Anyway, I think I'm going to marry this tartlet. I need it in my life from this day forward, 'til death do us part. I'm going to take this tartlet to Vegas. I'm going to whisk it off to a fancy dinner, make eyes at it, tell it what it wants to hear, talk dirty to it, get it stinking drunk, propose, buy it a cheap piece of jewelry, bring it to the drive-through wedding chapel, and marry the little harlot. DONE. And then we'll move to Texas.

White Chocolate Mousse Phyllo Tartlets

These are gorgeous to gaze upon, great for a party - but when you're talking marriage, you need a tartlet with more fulfilling qualities, and this little minx has it all. Sweet, soft, creamy, fluffy, crunchy, buttery. The white chocolate mousse tastes almost perfectly sweet - not too much or too little - the chocolate hazelnut dollop along the bottom of the tartlet provides another layer of chocolate deliciousness. And the texture of the phyllo tartlet? Light, buttery, flaky - with just a bit of crunch. These elicited some raves at the office - and I'll definitely be making these again and again. Heavenly.

8 frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
6 oz. white chocolate chips (or chopped bars) - use white chocolate w/ cocoa butter
1/4 heavy whipping cream for melt
1 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream for whipped cream
1/3 c. almonds, finely chopped
1/3+ c. chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated, for garnish - optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Equipment: mini-muffin tin, ungreased (makes 20 tartlets).

Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface and brush with melted butter. Place another sheet on top and brush with butter; repeat with 2 additional phyllo sheets. Cut the stacked phyllo in 3-inch squares. Each stack will yield 8 3-inch squares and 4 irregular left-over rectangles; take 2 left over rectangles and overlap them, creating a "square", repeat with other rectangles - this way, each stack yields a total of 10 tartlets - no waste of dough. After cutting the stack, line each muffin tin with a cut stack - the edges will ruffle, fold, and extend above the rim. Repeat process with remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough. Bake until golden brown, about 7-9 minutes. Place on cooling rack and cool completely.

Stir the chocolate and 1/4 cup cream in a small saucepan over low heat, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour into a large bowl and cool to lukewarm. Stir in the almonds. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in another bowl until medium-firm peaks form. Fold 1/2 the cream into the white chocolate mixture until gently combined, then add the remaining cream and fold in. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Spoon a small dollop of the Nutella into each phyllo cup. Spoon the white chocolate mousse into the cups, creating small mound. Garnish with grated chocolate, if desired. Keep refrigerated. Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis. Enjoy!

GAZE UPON the inside - she's a trophy tartlet. Get a pre-nup for this hussie.

Don't you want to marry it?
Plus, a threesome is every man's dream is it not? So, I just see winners all around me. Win win win.


Firefly said...

Oh those men, yes, a threesome is their dream, isn't it? Looking at these darling tartlets however makes me think we're all going to have an orgy! I think you can do that in Vegas, too.

Nic said...

Well I wouldn't want to share these little beauties with anyone - they're mine I tell you - ALL MINE!!!
So everyone else.... walk away from the computer....

Anonymous said...

Love white chocolate, so put it with little cups and I'm in. This would be so great for a dinner party. Can these also be made in larger muffin tins?

Anonymous said...

The thought of working at your office is appealing yet dangerous...I think I would weigh over 200 pounds by now! Lucky co-workers you have there.

Great presentation on the tartlets as well!

Ann said...

Firefly - I think you can do that in Vegas do! :)

Nicisme - lol, backing away...

Belle - yes, you can use them in regular muffin tins. The recipe makes 12 regular size, cut into 5 inch square stacks for each tin. That size would make GREAT individual desserts for a dinner party. :)

Ann said...

Kspin - lol, I know - my co-workers are grateful, yet terrified as well. I think this is why I'm always making "little" things like "tartlets" and bite size things, to lessen the pain...

Leslie said...

yummo! these look great!

Anonymous said...

tartlet looks wicked. down, you fancy teaser of a strumpet!

it wouldn't really need a wedding dress now -- it's pretty enough :)

Ann said...

Leslie - thanks!

Diva - LOL! Great one liners.

hungryandfrozen said...

I read your first paragraph and thought "oh good grief!" and read your second paragraph and thought "Of cooourse, I get it." I love white chocolate SO much, and those tarts look marvelously delicious. Sounds like everyone's computer screens are getting a bit steamed up (mine included) what have you started! LOL

Anonymous said...

These sound absolutely perfect! They have everything you need!

(And how "Weird Science" is it that I totally plan to clone her and make her my own?)

Ann said...

Laura - lol, "steamed up!" - love it.

Shaye - clone away, it'll be worth it - I swear!

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous! I like the flaky appearance of the phyllo cup, it looks so light. I've never tried making phyllo and find it intimidating, but maybe I'll give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Found you via TS and so glad I did. I see several things I'd like to try and I love the writing. Thanks!

Ann said...

Sam - it is really pretty easy, phyllo is just delicate and dries out quickly. Other than that, a snap!

Nicole - thanks for stopping by!

Katie B. said...

Stunning little tarts! I can think of a few sweet nothings myself! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Katie - you're welcome, thanks for stopping by! :)

Anonymous said...

Nutella.... who needs anything else?

I'm in love with Nutella.


Anonymous said...

Funny. These look really pretty, but don't look tooooo terribly hard, although I've never baked phyllo. Do you have a recipe for chocolate mousse and do you think it'd work just as well?

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

OMG! These look BLEEP-ing fabulous.

So uh, does the tartlet have a sister?

Love your writing, by the way.

Ann said...

Lacy - Isn't Nutella divine? Practically like frosting!

Renee - I don't have a recipe for chocolate mousse at hand, but I know they'd be easy to find. And, I think they'd be perfect in these cups!

Nanny - Love the name, btw! I'll find out about the sister, lol - otherwise - we can share! Thanks for the lovely compliment. :)

Marie Louise said...

These look absolutely delectable! Especially the photo of the inside - definitely something sexual about it.
Maybe as in, "better than sex"! Wish I knew how to bake :-(

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous dessert. I think I'm trying it this weekend for a get together. I wonder if it'll flirt with me.

Anonymous said...

Just back for another longing glance at those yummy things.


Why can't you just come over and make them for me?

Why? Why? Why? I'll do the dishes. I'll even dry them and put them away. Promise.


dlyn said...

My first stop by your blog and I picked a good day! These look too yummy to even share with anyone else.

Ann said...

Marie Louise - Better than sex tartlets! A new name. :)

Sarisa - It'll totally flirt with you, it's saucy minx of a tartlet.

Lacy - LOL, wish you were my neighbor! I'd be baking for you all the time, we could have coffee and talk about nonsense, it'd be glorious.

dlyn - Thanks for stopping by, and yeah - they are kinda difficult to share... :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, if you were my next door neighbor -- we could host a Vicar and Tart party and cackle wildly at all the costumes. My current neighbor would think that was very crass. She likes to tell people that she lives next door to a missionary. Bah! Why can't missionaries have fun, too?

I think these darling sexy scrumptious little naughty bits would be perfect to serve at such a party.

Ding dang, sugar -- why can't you move here?


Unknown said...

Those white chocolate mousse tartlets look really good!